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Minority Women Leaders Series: Jean Lee, President & CEO of MCCA

Jean Lee is a Korean-American lawyer who was recently appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Prior to her new role, Jean was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

I was on the MCCA board for a few years and now it’s fantastic to be in a position where I can focus on my MCCA work full-time,” she says.

Since coming into her new role, Jean is rapidly developing MCCA into a global leader in all issues of diversity:

Diversity looks different across the globe. Our vision is to be a global thought leader. We already have members outside of the States and 2017 will be our year focusing on working internationally and developing what we do.”

Jean is also keen to reach out to younger diverse candidates. “I’m keen to develop strong pipeline programmes for diverse law school candidates. We are working with law schools on specific programming as you need to start the discussions around diversity and inclusion as early as possible. We need to be proactive rather than reactive.”

The MCCA prides itself on being a holistic diversity and inclusion association and not just a minority network. The internal make-up of the organisation has changed and grown accordingly with its members:

Over the years, I’ve seen our board really diversify. We don’t just have African Americans and Caucasions, we have Asian Americans, Hispanic and LGBT leaders. The MCCA encompasses more than race: we also champion women, LGBT and generational diversity. We recently conducted a study on how milennials embrace diversity of thought and also examined the different approaches to diversity around thought, age and people.”

Focusing on diversity of thought and the millennial generation is a very interesting area. Research from the latest consensus in the USA shows that by the year 2040, the USA will be majority-minority for the first time. Millennials now number 83.1 million and have surpassed Baby Boomers at 75.4 million.

Milennials are the most diverse generation in history: “Diversity is a rapidly-changing and growing issue. Soon, we will need a new term to refer to ‘minorities’ and our research is already placing us in a position to take on these issues and launch ourselves as a true global diversity leader,” she says.

For more information: http://www.mcca.com/

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